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Report: Sheikh Confesses Prior Knowledge of Tripoli Blasts

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Sheikh Ahmed al-Gharib, the main suspect in the twin bombings that targeted the northern city of Tripoli, confessed that he is involved in the blasts that killed around 35 people and wounded 900 others.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper published on Tuesday, Gharib contradicted himself several times during investigations, carried out by the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau.

The report said that Gharib confessed to his prior knowledge of the two blasts that targeted Sunni mosques in Tripoli and that a Syrian side is behind them.

However, Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in comments published in As Safir that “the person detained over Tripoli blasts hasn't confessed to anything yet.”

“Investigations are ongoing with him and with other people,” Charbel stated.

He pointed out that the judiciary will decide whether to release him or keep him in detention.

The first bomb struck in the city center at the al-Salam mosque as worshipers were still inside.

The second explosion struck just minutes later outside al-Taqwa mosque, about two kilometers away, near the port.

On Monday, al-Joumhouria reported that an informer, identified as Moustapha H., contacted the intelligence bureau claiming that he has important information over a Sheikh from Tripoli who is planning to target al-Mustaqbal MP Khaled al-Daher, former ISF chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi and Salafist cleric Sheikh Salem al-Rafehi.

The daily said on Tuesday the informer has financial disputes with Gharib.

A surveillance camera had spotted Gharib in the area near the explosion that took place near al-Salam mosque.

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Missing coolmec 27 August 2013, 09:07

If indeed he confessed. what are you waiting for? hang him!!!!
Any one who was involved or had knowledge of this atrocious bombing does not deserve to live period...

Thumb _mowaten_ 27 August 2013, 12:10

no, first we want to know exactly is that "syrian side" who was with him. i suspect it's the rebels who are hoping for the chaos in lebanon to provide them with more recruits and/or a war between lebanese sunnis and shias, to keep HA busy.

Missing people-power 27 August 2013, 15:39

From Now Lebanon:

"Following a series of thorough interrogations, Sheikh Ahmad al-Gharib finally confessed to knowing beforehand of the attacks and that the Syrian regime was behind the bombs, the paper said.

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“The contradictions in Gharib’s evidence and the contradictory answers he gave in different interrogation sessions… in addition to the analysis of his phone log and his movements back and forth across the border with Syria, implicated him in the two bombing attacks,” the report added.

“It was confirmed that he has links with the Syrian intelligence and that he knew about the explosions and the targets.”"

Default-user-icon Antwan (Guest) 27 August 2013, 15:57

I hate this they never say what party they belong to,WTF. We all have the right to know !

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 27 August 2013, 09:24

men of GOD hein?! hang him by the balls in his religeous robe upside down let the people realize who is the real ennemy of Lebanon!!!

Thumb LebCynic 27 August 2013, 10:15

I hope he hangs publicly to send a crystal clear message to his thug followers.

Missing cleanleb 27 August 2013, 10:25

They are waiting for a big bribe to release him... As usual

Default-user-icon Dashti Pinzalouf (Guest) 27 August 2013, 11:25

Sannis liquidating other Sannis. Great. Peace (although temporary) for the rest of humankind.

Default-user-icon Ya 3ayn (Guest) 27 August 2013, 19:33

Who votes up a comment like this one? The same who pretend to be for unity and anti-secterianism?

Missing people-power 27 August 2013, 15:39

From Now Lebanon:

"Following a series of thorough interrogations, Sheikh Ahmad al-Gharib finally confessed to knowing beforehand of the attacks and that the Syrian regime was behind the bombs, the paper said.

......

“The contradictions in Gharib’s evidence and the contradictory answers he gave in different interrogation sessions… in addition to the analysis of his phone log and his movements back and forth across the border with Syria, implicated him in the two bombing attacks,” the report added.

“It was confirmed that he has links with the Syrian intelligence and that he knew about the explosions and the targets.”"